Outsider Art Fair 2013

abstract art outsider art fair nyc“Outsider art” is a fascinating idea that is gaining in popularity around the world. Sometimes known as art brut, or raw art, outsider art is a term applied to works created by someone who has no training from world-renowned art institutes and no relationship to the mainstream world of art galleries, curators and dealers. Outsider art is created by the average person, or by people who see the world very differently due to their circumstances. Their unconventional methods and refreshing purity attract a wide audience, and New York’s annual Outsider Art Fair (in Chelsea ) is one of the most popular fairs in the city.

Details for 2013

This year, the event will take place from January 31st to February 3rd, 2013 at the Dia Center for the Arts building on West 22nd. Admission is $20 per day, or $35 for a two-day pass.

Though this event is a wonderful excuse to visit New York City, there are many thousands of places in New York to view mainstream art, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim to the countless art galleries of SoHo and Chelsea. However, this unique art fair gives visitors a chance to step outside of the mainstream and experience art through the eyes of people rarely heard from in our day-to-day lives. Attendees should consider booking one of the fantastic vacation rentals in Chelsea or other parts of Manhattan, which offer plenty of space for all the artwork they’ll want to take home.


outsider art fair About the Outsider Art Fair

Every year since the early 1990s, New York City has hosted this appealing and unusual art fair. Nearly 30 galleries and art dealers across Manhattan work together to find hundreds of works of “outsider art” to put on display, for sale or just for viewing. The fair originally started out as part of the American Folk Art Fair, arranged by the famed art show managers Sandford L. Smith & Associates, but has grown exponentially in the years since, warranting its own event for many years now.

The annual art fair raises money for Fountain House , which is a New York community program helping people recover from major mental illness. Proceeds also go to the Creative Growth Art Center , which helps adults with developmental, mental and physical disabilities.

History of Outsider Art

The idea of “outsider art” originally came from Jean Dubuffet, a French artist who used the phrase art brut (or raw art) to refer to art that was created outside the realm of mainstream culture. He was particularly focused on art created by patients in an insane asylum. Today, the term has been expanded to include art created by anyone outside the conventional art world, and reflecting unconventional states of mind.

Previous Fair Highlights

In previous years, the fair has exhibited fascinating works of art from around the United States and across the world. In 2010, the show included colorful art pieces from Bahamian and Icelandic artists, art from the Fountain Gallery and works created by a man who lived as a monk in Bolivia for 15 years. It is a wildly successful show and a fascinating glimpse inside the minds of people who see the world from a different perspective than many traditional artists. 

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Outsider Art Fair
January 31 to February 3, 2012
Chelsea, New York City

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